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Ireland in Brief New Zealand in Brief
Total Area: 84,421 Km sq. 268,021 Km sq.
Republic of Ireland: 70,282 Km sq. North Island: 113,729 Km sq.
Northern Ireland: 14,139 Km sq. South Island: 150,437 Km sq.
Greatest Length: (N-S): 486Km (N-S): 1,600 Km
Greatest Width: (E-W): 275 Km (E-W): 450 Km
Coastline: 3,172 Km 5,650 Km
Highest Mountain: Carrantuohill: 1,041 M Mt. Cook: 3,754 M
Longest River: Shannon: 340 Km Waikato: 425 Km
Largest Lake: Lough Neagh: 396 Km sq. Taupo: 606 Km
Highest Waterfall: Powerscourt: 122 M Sutherland Falls: 580 M
Population 2006: 4.2 million 4.17 million
Currency € Euro $NZD
Capital City: Dublin Wellington
National Flag: The Tri-colour in green, white and orange Union Jack and Southern Cross on blue background
National Symbol: The Harp The Silver Fern
National Holiday: St. Patrick’s Day – 17th March Waitangi Day – 6th February
Exports: 12 months December 2012 € Euro 91.5 billion NZ$ 48 billion
Unemployment Growth 2012 14.1% 6.4%
Inflation in Consumer Prices 2012 1.1% 0.9%
Real GDP Growth 2012 1.1% 1.5%

Did you know...

The North Island, South Island and Stewart Island were originally named New Ulster, New Munster and New Leinster respectively

Sir Tristram, born in Co Kildare, was a champion broodmare sire (45 group one winners, including 3 Melbourne Cup winners) and lived in Cambridge Stud

Mary Gallagher, of whom the song ‘Mary from Dungloe’ was written, emigrated to NZ from Co Donegal and is buried in Gisborne cemetery

Robert Hannah, born in Co Antrim, founded ‘Hannah’s Shoes’. He built and lived in Antrim House, in Wellington, now the headquarters of the NZ Historic Places Trust

Thomas Bracken, born in Co Monaghan, wrote the words of the national anthem ‘God Defend New Zealand’

Johnny Martin, born in Co Derry, was a goldminer and entrepreneur who developed the area of Martinborough

Joseph McMullen Dargaville, born in Co Cork, developed the town of Dargaville as part of his kauri timber and gum business

Robert Wellwood, born in Co Kilkenny, was the first Mayor of Hastings

Thomas Russell, born in Cork, was the founder of Bank of New Zealand in 1861

Thomas Croke, born in Cork and after whom the GAA Croke Park is named, was Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland from 1870-1874

Patrick Moran, born in Co Wicklow, was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Dunedin 1869-1895

Henry Blundell, born in Dublin, began publishing the Wellington Evening Post (now the Dominion Post) in 1865

Dave Gallaher, captain of the 1905 Original All Blacks, was born in Co Donegal

Three of NZs Prime Ministers were born in Ireland – Daniel Pollen (Dublin), John Balance (Antrim) and William Massey (Derry)

New Zealand’s most colourful goldminer, Biddy of the Buller, was born in Dublin

Lt. Governor William Hobson, who signed the Treaty of Waitangi on behalf of the Crown, was born in Waterford, the home of Waterford Crystal.

The Duke of Wellington, after whom New Zealand’s capital city is named, was born in Dublin, Ireland’s capital.

James Joyce, the author of Ulysses, the novel of the 20th century, had a sister, who was a nun who lived in New Zealand for many years until her death in 1942.